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Pat Summitt, Legendary Basketball Coach, Dies at 64

Tennessee's Summitt had more Division I wins than any coach in NCAA history

(Newser) - Pat Summitt, whose work ethic (and famous intense stare ) was born on her family's farm and propelled her to rack up more wins than any other basketball coach (men's or women's) in NCAA Division I history, died Tuesday at age 64, the AP reports. "It... More »

Epic Finish: Villanova Wins NCAA Title at Buzzer

Kris Jenkins hits basket as time runs out

(Newser) - The Villanova Wildcats are national champions after Kris Jenkins swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat North Carolina 77-74 in one of the greatest NCAA title games of all time. North Carolina's Marcus Paige had just tied it for the Tar Heels after adjusting in the air and... More »

Bad News for Guy Tied for First in $50K NCAA Contest

He's doing really well in his bracket picks, except ... he forgot to choose a winner

(Newser) - Deadspin's "oh noooooo" is probably the best way to express the sad tale of James Kiki. The resident of Syracuse, NY—and refugee from South Sudan—decided to enter Yahoo's bracket contest for the NCAA basketball tournament, making his picks for the $50,000 grand prize,... More »

$100 Bet on Syracuse Win Could Pay $100K

Wager was placed when no one thought the Orange had a chance

(Newser) - In an incredible run that SB Nation says "doesn't make sense" and Sports Illustrated labels "improbable," Syracuse beat No. 1 seed Virginia 68-62 on Sunday, the AP reports—making the Orange the first No. 10 seed to make it to the Final Four. And one bettor... More »

Brackets Busted as Upsets Abound in NCAA Tournament

Including a 15-seed beating a 2-seed for only the 8th time in tournament history

(Newser) - For only the eighth time in history—and the first since 2013—a 15th-seeded team beat a 2nd-seeded team in the NCAA men's basketball tournament when Middle Tennessee State bested Michigan State on Friday, the New York Times reports. And just like that, nary a perfect bracket was to... More »

Flag Removed, SC Can Now Host March Madness

NAACP, NCAA rescind their boycotts on Palmetto State

(Newser) - South Carolina's removal of the Confederate flag down from its capitol on Friday had a couple of unanticipated ripple effects, reports MSNBC : First, the NAACP ended its 15-year-old boycott of the Palmetto State; president Cornell William Brooks had praised the state's move as a denouncement of "an... More »

The Inspirational Lauren Hill Dies After Cancer Battle

19-year-old who played for Mount St. Joseph died today

(Newser) - Lauren Hill, the terminally ill Mount St. Joseph basketball player for whom the NCAA moved up her school's season opener , died today at the age of 19, the AP reports. Brooke Desserich, the co-founder of Hill's The Cure Starts Now nonprofit, tells the news agency Hill died in... More »

Kid With Top ESPN Bracket Too Young to Win

Network says he can have grab bag instead

(Newser) - Out of 11.57 million entries in the ESPN college basketball bracket challenge, the one closest to perfection was filled out by somebody too young to win the top prize. Sam Holtz, a 12-year-old from suburban Chicago, is tied for first, but contestants need to be at least 18 to... More »

New NCAA Champs: Duke

They beat Wisconsin 68-63

(Newser) - The package deal has delivered Duke another national championship. Tyus Jones scored 23 points, his good buddy and freshman teammate Jahlil Okafor added a couple of key baskets in the closing minutes, and the Blue Devils beat Wisconsin 68-63 last night to give coach Mike Krzyzewski his fifth national championship.... More »

Duke, Wisconsin Head to Final

Kentucky's perfect season ends; Blue Devils go back to Indianapolis

(Newser) - Duke trounced Michigan State today, and Wisconsin ruined Kentucky's perfect season to set up the national championship game: the Blue Devils vs. Badgers. In the Duke game, Justise Winslow scored 19 points, fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor added 18, and senior Quinn Cook had 17 to lead top-seeded Duke to... More »

Wisconsin, Kentucky Nab Top Spots in March Madness

Villanova and Duke were easy No. 1 picks

(Newser) - The Kentucky Wildcats ended up where everyone expected them on Selection Sunday: Seeded No. 1 on their quest to become the first undefeated team since 1976. Oh, but there were surprises when the bracket came out, too. Big-conference UCLA and Texas made it. Colorado State and Temple did not. Wisconsin... More »

NCAA to Syracuse: Don't Let Receptionist Do Players' Homework

League suspends coach Boeheim for multiple violations, including drug-testing

(Newser) - Before the season began, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim had 966 victories—No. 2 on the all-time list—and was poised to begin a well-publicized march to 1,000. Scratch that now: The NCAA today docked 108 of his wins, knocking him back to No. 6 on this list, and imposed... More »

Dying Freshman Scores Twice in NCAA Debut

Lauren Hill, suffering from cancer, helps lead team to victory

(Newser) - A 19-year-old whom doctors have given weeks to live played her first—and possibly last—college basketball game yesterday, and she scored within seconds, WCPO reports. Lauren Hill, of Mount St. Joseph's basketball team, has a type of brain cancer known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. But that didn'... More »

Days Before NBA Draft, a Devastating Diagnosis

Isaiah Austin has Marfan syndrome, can no longer play basketball

(Newser) - A routine physical delivered career-ending news for Isaiah Austin, a former Baylor Bears star who was expected to be drafted to the NBA late in the first round Thursday. After the EKG test at the NBA combine came back with abnormal results, additional genetic tests revealed that the 20-year-old center... More »

Here Is the 1st Openly Gay NCAA Division I Player

Derrick Gordon comes out in interview with ESPN

(Newser) - Less than two months after the NBA got its first openly gay active player , NCAA Division I men's college basketball now has its first openly gay player. Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts, came out to his family, coaches, and teammates earlier this month, and... More »

UConn Women Rout Notre Dame for 9th Title

They join men as national champions with 79-58 win

(Newser) - Geno Auriemma and Connecticut stand alone in women's college basketball, and they reached the top in unprecedented fashion. The Huskies routed Notre Dame 79-58 in the first championship game featuring undefeated teams, winning their record ninth national title and their second in a row. Auriemma broke a tie with... More »

UConn Star: I Go to Bed 'Starving'

Lawmakers take notice of Shabazz Napier comments

(Newser) - Shabazz Napier's star performance in last night's NCAA championship game is drawing attention to comments made last week that further stoke the debate over whether to pay student athletes. Napier was last week asked about the National Labor Relation Board's ruling that Northwestern football players were employees... More »

NCAA Champ Will Be ... Kentucky or UConn

After Kentucky tops Wisconsin 74-73 and UConn ends the night 63-53

(Newser) - It'll be the Huskies versus the Wildcats in the quest for this year's NCAA championship:
  • Wisconsin did almost everything it needed to do tonight to beat Kentucky except for hitting one crucial free throw. Ben Brust and Sam Dekker each scored 15 points, but Traevon Jackson missed a
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And the Final Four Is Set...

Kentucky, UConn join Florida and Wisconsin

(Newser) - It was a thrilling finish: Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer from NBA range with 2.3 seconds left tonight to lift Kentucky and its freshmen to a 75-72 win over Michigan and a trip to the Final Four. After Harrison's teammate, Julius Randle, inadvertently tipped in the tying shot... More »

University of Arizona Loses, Students Riot

15 arrested in Tucson after team suffers narrow overtime loss

(Newser) - Wisconsin handed the University of Arizona a narrow overtime loss last night, and the student body cheering on the latter didn't exactly take it well, clogging a main thoroughfare in Tucson and chucking beer bottles and firecrackers at pepper spray-wielding police officers. Police eventually managed to clear the streets,... More »

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